As of September 19th, the number of requested ballots has hit 15,704, with the following party registration breakdown:
Normally, in this method of voting, registered Republicans tend to dominate mail-in ballots, but even in the early trends, they are third with barely a quarter of the requested ballots so far.
In looking at the 15,000 requested mail ballots by generational cohorts:
Typically, older voters make up the plurality of mail-in absentee ballots in North Carolina, and this holds true so far, with voters over the age of 54 at nearly two-thirds of the requested ballots.
A breakdown of these generational cohorts by party registration:
With the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence on a substantial amount of the state, ballots sent out have lagged behind the requested numbers, with a little over 11,000 mailed out by various county boards of elections:
Finally, those ballots that have been returned and accepted as votes are only 180:
With the focus on congressional elections this year in the Old North State, districts 4 (a safe Democratic seat) and 9 (a competitive seat held by Republicans) continue to have the most requested ballots within the thirteen districts:
Comparing this year's numbers (same day) to the last mid-term election (in 2014, which had a highly competitive U.S. Senate race), the early numbers are quite impressive for registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters requesting ballots:
In looking at the accepted ballots, there is a considerable lag, however, in the comparison to 2014's same day totals for all three of the major party registration groups (Democratic, Republican, and unaffiliated):
And then broke the top five numbers down by party registration:
With over two in ten voters not voting in 2014 but having requested a mail ballot this year, it will be interesting to watch this dynamic over time, especially when in-person early voting begins in October.
I'll be posting more graphs on my twitter handle (@OldNorthStPol or @BowTiePolitics) and will likely to a weekly update on Saturdays of mail ballots, with a daily update once in-person absentee voting begins.